Precious or red coral is the name given to Corallium rublum and several related species of marine coral. Their distinctive attribute is their durable and intensely colored red or pink skleton. This is used for making jewelry.
Precious coral is more popular than any other gemstone in Nigeria. This can be attributed to its rich color. This is exhibited through clothing and other adornments worn at weddings and other events. In some parts of Nigeria like the like South Eastern Nigeria and the South South, these beads symbolize royalty or are worn by people with chieftaincy titles.
Coral beads are a very popular accessory on traditional brides. They seem to be the most sought out form of jewelry by brides, Igbo and Edo brides. Lately, brides have taken to wearing this traditional accessory with a modern twist. Original and faux coral beads are being made into interesting and contemporary pieces.
Traditional Brides in Coral Bead:
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